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Agendia Achieves ISO Certification

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Agendia today said that its facilities in Irvine, Calif., and Amsterdam have received ISO 13485 certification.

The firm said that the certification recognizes that its Symphony diagnostic services, including the MammaPrint, BluePrint, TargetPrint, and TheraPrint products meet "the highest internationally recognized quality standards," and confirms the quality of the design and development of Agendia's current and future diagnostic services.

In order to get ISO 13485 certification a company's quality management system needs to demonstrate that it can consistently meet customer and regulatory requirements. "The primary objective of ISO 13485 is to harmonize regulatory requirements for quality management systems globally and includes an emphasis on process control and effectiveness for design, development, manufacture, risk management, and distribution of related medical services," Agendia said.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.